'Hummingbird' follows Josh, a man on the run, as he embarks on a new career as an illegal muay thai fighter in order to support his family.
With this film, I wanted to explore the idea of ‘masculinity’, and the expectations that have been historically, traditionally associated with the ‘masculine’ ideal. Expectations such as duty, sacrifice, toughness, dominance. I felt that it would be interesting to present a character that gets led astray, in a sense, by his somewhat distorted interpretation - and application - of those expectations.
And so with Josh, we find a man labouring beneath the burden of a life built on a thousand bad choices. He is like Sisyphus, hopefully - and perhaps hopelessly - pushing his boulder up a hill. ‘Hummingbird’ is therefore a cautionary tale, a film about the choices we make, the paths those choices set us on, and the consequences we then have to pay.
*'Hummingbird' was shortlisted for Best Direction at The One Club for Creativity’s 101st ADC Awards,
*was a Finalist in the No Logo category at the 2022 Ciclope Africa Awards,
*is an Official Selection of the 2022 Berlin Commercial Awards,
*and was nominated for Best International Film at the 2022 Oregon Short Film Festival.
Starring Carey James and Hoan Van Nguyen
Written and Directed by Dillon M. Banda
Cinematography by Dillon M. Banda
Edited by Sean Cunningham
Sound Design by IYO
Music by Hotel Neon
Production Assistance by Elina Teboeva
Special Thanks to Rodnae Productions, Tiger Muay Thai Boxing Club, Hanoi Lens and Van Ngoc Dang
Produced by Dillon & Co
Click here to view a series of Carey's portraits taken on location using medium format film.